Vinnie Shahid scored 22 points and Cameron Hunter 20 and North Dakota State pulled away from Purdue Fort Wayne late with a 71-60 win Saturday night.
Tyson Ward added 13 points for the Bison (16-7, 7-2 Summit League) who remained in a first-place tie with South Dakota State (16-8, 7-2).
Purdue Fort Wayne (10-14, 3-6) led 52-45 when Dylan Carl made 1 of 2 foul shots with 6:49 to go. North Dakota State then used a 15-4 run over the next four minutes and were up 60-56 on a Hunter 3. Hunter followed with a three-point play and three foul shots to make it an eight-point lead with 71 seconds to go.
Hunter finished 6-of-8 shooting, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range.
Deonte Billups led the Mastodons with 15 points, Jarred Godfrey scored 13 and Brian Patrick 12.
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